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Algeria to strengthen relations with Indonesia

Jakarta   /   Thu, June 28 2012   /  09:26 am

Algeria plans to establish a Joint Commission aimed at boosting cooperation with Indonesia, using historical ties as leverage, an Algerian diplomat says.

Algerian Ambassador to Indonesia Abdelkrim Belarbi said on Tuesday that the commission, planned to be jointly led by the foreign ministers of the two countries, was expected to take bilateral cooperation to a higher level.

“There will be an added value to it since both countries share an important historic background,” Belarbi said.

Trade volume between Indonesia and Algeria increased from US$431 million in 2008 to $500 million in 2011. Indonesian exports to Algeria include palm oil, coffee, sugar, textile fiber, dried fish and wood.

Indonesia, Belarbi said, had always been a part of Algerian history because the former had played an important role in supporting his country gain independence from France ...